Joan Heyesen, age 78 of Marengo, died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Marengo Memorial Hospital. Visitation: 10 to 1 P.M., Wednesday, September 23, 2015., at the American Legion Hall, Marengo, Iowa. Graveside Services: 2:00 P.M Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Yankee Point Cemetery, Parnell, Iowa.
She is survived by two sons; Randy Ritchie of Ladora and Terry Ritchie of Marengo, eight grandchildren; Robert Ritchie of Cedar Rapids, Roger Ritchie (Brook) of Williamsburg, Tami VonAhsen (Kevin) Groves, Sara Whitler (Kenny) of Marengo, Ricky Ritchie (Jennie) of Cedar Rapids, Ryan Ritchie (Jessica) of Marion, Kevin Ritchie (Kyla) of Marengo, and Tricia Wetjen (Ashley) of Marengo;17 grandchildren, Kay, William, Sabrina, Shana, Shea, Hannah, Elaina, Rashelle, Kendalynn, Pipa, Piper, Makale, Pitabell, Autumn, Ailea, Eleri and Porter; and one great-great-grandchild, Braelyn Barton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Herman and Donald.
Joan Elaine Woodward was born October 13, 1936, in rural Parnell, Iowa, the daughter of Lyle and Leora Claypool Woodward. She received her education in the Marengo Schools and graduated from Iowa Valley High School. Joan was employed by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for several years and retired from there.